A primary school on one of London’s busiest roads is fundraising for a eco barrier to keep out toxic fumes from the Blackwall Tunnel.

Invicta Primary School in Blackheath is asking the public to help contribute towards specially picked plants and trees to create a green wall around the kids playground.

The school needs to raise £2,375 to match funding handed down by City Hall to improve air quality and protect little lungs.

This school, which sits right by the Blackwall Tunnel, teaches from nursery to year Six.

The Blackwall Tunnel is routinely identified as being one of the capital’s hotspots for air pollution.

The school has been given money from City Hall to plant specially picked greenery that will block some of the fumes.

Kate Fry, the school’s business manager, said: “It’s amazing. The school has a great big ivy wall which is important as we are right next to the A102.

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“We worked out an ivy wall would trap the nasty gases going into the playground.

“Each year group is now looking at the environment. It’s become a real school project. The kids have been really excited about it – we have five environmental ambassadors.

“It’s got parents interested, parents are loving it. It looks great with the ivy and trees.”

The school is raising money to match the funding it has been given and said the cash could be used to fill in remaining gaps and add more plants.

Vicki Cuff, acting executive head said: “When we were told Invicta Blackheath was in the top 50 polluted primary schools we were shocked and saddened, but it has been fantastic to see the local community, teachers, parents and pupils come together to help create this barrier.

“The children at Invicta might be young, but are already developing a passion for environmental issues they are learning about, so it is wonderful they can see first hand the impact they and their community can have on bringing about change.”

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The project is split into two phases: The first developing the green wall and the second, which starts next month, is to plant fruit trees and a wildflower garden.

Greenwich Council recently joined a host of other authorities in declaring a climate emergency in the borough.

Activists had pressured the council over the impact of the Blackwall Tunnel, the borough’s new Ikea and the future Silvertown Tunnel.

The school’s Just Giving page can be found here.